Chapter Closings at Duke and Methodist
Alpha Delta Pi announces with regret the closure of the Omicron chapter at Duke University, effective immediately, and the Theta Epsilon chapter at Methodist University, effective by the end of the fall 2021 semester.
Alpha Delta Pi announces with regret the closure of the Omicron chapter at Duke University, effective immediately, and the Theta Epsilon chapter at Methodist University, effective by the end of the fall 2021 semester. While closing a chapter is never an easy decision, Grand Council considered the short- and long-term viability of the chapters and determined the potential for a positive membership experience was lacking on both campuses.
Omicron chapter was founded at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in 1911. With thousands of accomplished Alpha Delta Pi alumnae – including the sorority’s sixth Grand President, Irma Tapp, and award-winning journalist and anchor Judy Woodruff – Omicron boasts 110 years of rich history. As “Abolish Greek Life” movements took hold on a handful of campuses across the United States in 2020, the Omicron collegiate chapter members voted to relinquish their charter. After a year of unsuccessful efforts to rebuild the chapter using alternative recruiting methods focused on eliminating barriers to entry, Grand Council voted to officially close the chapter and redirect volunteer and staff resources.
Theta Epsilon chapter was established at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2008. The college Panhellenic has seen declining interest in sorority membership in recent years with only seven women participating in the fall 2021 primary recruitment period. In September 2021, the University suspended the chapter until August 2022 following the racially offensive actions of an individual at a chapter event. Upon completion of our internal investigation and consideration of the membership experience outlook for Theta Epsilon’s members, Grand Council voted to officially close the chapter.
Members of Grand Council, the Central District Team, and the chapters’ advisors will plan and conduct official closing ceremonies and celebrations of sisterhood and chapter achievements in the coming weeks.
Published: October 15, 2021